Post # 1
My pup is 7 months old, we have been crate training him from the week we brought him home. He loves his little crate and like clockwork at bedtime he runs to the kitcen then to his crate. like gimmie my peanut butter and let me go to bed!
My FI still comes home at lunch to let Frankie out of the crate. We know he can make it through the day, but here’s the problem. We feed him breakfast and dinner. So he has to poop sometime in between there. I feel it would be just cruel to make him hold that all day. I thought about just feeding him at dinner, but it seems like just way too much food at once. But I know lots of people who have their dogs crate trained and their pups are in the crate from 8-5 or whatnot. Frankie would be in the crate from around 7:30-4 everyday.
What should we do? Does your pup last all day in a crate? How did you make the tranistion from part of the day to all day?
Post # 3
We crate our 8 month old puppy Lola.
When we first got her, I came home every day at lunch to let her out. When she was about 6 months, I stopped coming home for a few days to see how she did and she did great! No accidents. Since then, I hardly ever come home at lunch and she’s still really good about holding it.
But we let Lola eat whenever she wants (her bowl is always full) and she rarely ever eats in the morning while we’re getting ready for work. She usually doesn’t even drink anything. So this could be why she can hold it all day? Have you done a test run with Frankie to see how he does all day?
Post # 4
We’ve done test runs where he goes from like 9 or 10 to 5, but that was after his morning poo lol. Frankie loves food. If we left food out he would eat it all at once and then puke…it has happened. lol
Post # 5
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Ranger just turned 8 months old, and he’s perfectly fine staying in the crate all day if he needs to. We feed him breakfast around 6:00 in the morning, and he can stay in the kennel all day after that with no accidents if needed. Currently, he’s only in there from about 7:30 to 1:00, then Mr. Cardigan comes home for lunch and to let him out… but there have definitely been days where he’s been in there until 4 or 4:30, and no accidents! It’s definitely possible, it just might take some time for your puppy to get used to it.
Post # 6
I would say you just need to feed him first thing when you wake up so then he can go outside and take care of his “morning poop” before you leave. If he goes out about an hour after you shouldn’t have any problems.
I’m a cat owner though so they just go when they want in their boxes =p. I grew up with dogs and they were always left home during the day, my Mom would do just what I said, feed them first thing and let them out last thing before you go.
Post # 7
Maybe try giving him a very small amount of food for breakfast as soon as you get up. Then I would try to walk/exercise him before you leave to get a poop out if possible.
Post # 8
I feed my dog at about 5:30 in the morning. Then around 6 I take her for a 20minute walk/run. As soon as we get back in she almost always goes to the bathroom. Is this something you could maybe try?
Post # 9
Definitely stick with the twice daily feeding. I would walk (or let outside, w/e your routine is), feed, walk again before crating and if he is doing well so far, slowly extend the time he stays in the crate. As long as he remains accident free you should be able to work up to the full day without worrying 🙂